89th Bud Billiken Parade steps off on South Side

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CHICAGO — Hundreds of people flocked to Bronzeville and Washington Park on Saturday morning to watch the 89th Bud Billiken Parade make its way through Chicago's South Side.

Since 1929, the parade has been a back-to-school tradition that marks the end of summer. The parade symbolizes pride, happiness and hope for the children of Chicago.

WGN'S Micah Materre, Joe Donlon, Muriel Clair, Courtney Gousman, Gaynor Hall and Dean Richards joined Bozo on the WGN-TV float. The parade stepped off at 10 a.m.

The year’s parade grand marshals are actor Deon Cole from “Black-ish” and rapper Vic Mensa. Former grand marshals include President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Chance the Rapper.

It's the second largest parade in the country.

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